Gender: Female Meaning of Saskia: "Saxon" Origin of Saskia: Dutch

Saskia Origin and Meaning

The name Saskia is a girl's name of Dutch origin meaning "Saxon".

From the first time we saw the name Saskia attached to a portrait of Rembrandt's wife (her full name was Saakje van Uylenburgh, but she was always called Saskia), we have found it utterly charming and wondered why it hasn't attracted more fans In this country--she's appreciated by the Brits, who have moved her to Number 392. Saskia is one of those names that's been used in Europe since the Middle Ages, but has never crossed the ocean.

One contemporary bearer is actress Saskia Reeves, who was born to a Dutch mother. Pop artist Red Grooms has a grown daughter named Saskia, and more recently TV's Anne Dudek chose it for her daughter.

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oliviamcdonald Says:


It says something about your mind that you hear a beautiful name, twist it into something evil, and then say that to someone who actually has the name!

oliviamcdonald Says:


Yes the name has two meanings. The Dutch meaning is “Saxon” and the Slavic meaning is “defender of men” from Alexander’s alternate form Sasha

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cheesy-biscuit Says:


My little sister calls her daughter (Saskia) Sasquatch as a joke. It's just a funny nn for us!

AuthenticSpirit Says:


Definitely not common in French-speaking countries. Sounds ridiculous.

Carolinekalmes Says:


Wait I am confused by your pronunciations. Do you pronounce your name like "sass - key - uh" ?
I read "sah" like "saw"
Which sounds almost identical to "sauce key uh" to me

Carolinekalmes Says:


I currently have a male adult student from Congo named Chandelier. Maybe more common in French speaking countries? Not sure

Phoebe_Rebecca Says:


My little niece's name is Saskia and we call her Sassy or Sass for short. We were not expecting something like this but I personally love it on her. It's uncommon but not unheard of and modern, yet traditional. Overall, it's a beautiful name. Her full name is also Saskia Evangeline, which goes perfectly.

CailinRua Says:


My great niece is a Saskia.

mamanamer Says:


I have a Saskia. We pronounce it SAH-ski-a. It's easy to spell and pronounce, and she gets lots of compliments on her name. No nicknames yet (no need for one), though when she was a young toddler, she and her teeny little daycare friends pronounced it "Sha-sha," which was adorable and made a cute pet name.

Swasticka Says:


Saskia does not directly rhyme with any real word, personally you're starting to sound really uptight if you don't like the name don't comment

morning_glory Says:


Alexander means "defending men" - is there another meaning for Saskia? "Saxon" frankly is a bit so-so.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name, but Sassy would be a terrible nickname! I may use this name for one of my characters. Her nickname will be Kia.

Tatania4 Says:


My 10 year old is a Saskia and apart from the fact that she is delightful, she has never had anything but compliments about her name. A couple of her friends call her Kia but the majority love calling her Saskia and always say how pretty the name is.
We just chose it as her brothers name is Alexander and they have the same meaning 💖

snowsbeloved Says:


Starting to fall in love with this name like I did with Saoirse.

Saskia Emily Jenkins Says:


My name is Saskia. I never got bullied because of my name. My best friend nicknames me Saskwatch, and I nicknamed her Giraffe because she was tall. I never get it out of spite. My name sounds nothing like Swastika, that is just an insult. I used to hate my name because it was so different (and I could never find my name on a key ring), but now I'm an adult, I'm proud of it and how original it is. And the best present anyone has given me? My partner got me a key ring with my name engraved, that meant a lot.

Myosotis Says:


I have a really good friend called Saskia, and she doesn't get Sasquatch. Saskatoon and Saskachetwan in text, but more as occasional pet names, definitely not teasing. She seems fine with her name, and it isn't used to tease her, she doesn't really have a nickname, so I think Saskia would work with few problems.

On another note, I didn't realise how popular it is in the UK. I've always thought Saskia is really cool, and a perfect example of a nice, but different name.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I understand your worry. All names have some teasing potential, but I guess Saskia was very hard for kids to tease. There may be more teasing potential with sasquatch in places that they are more well known about than others. Though I wouldn't worry too much, kids will be kids.

Ccppww Says:


No one ever teased you with non Sasquatch? I worry that a little girl would get called that.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Saskia is my name and I love it! It's a rare gem sort of name with nicknames like Kiki Sassi or Saski. As a child, my name was never picked on because the kids couldn't think of a rude word that it rhymed with or sounded like! Lol. I would totally recommend Saskia to anyone expecting a little girl. The traditional pronunciation is Sah-skee-uh, not Sar-skee-uh or Sauce-kee-uh, you don't know how many times I blew up with frustration everytime someone pronounced it the wrong way. :)

Catherine Rose Says:


I really like this name, but I could never use it unfortunately. I live in SASKatchewan, Canada. Too similar.

nipnerb Says:


I think Saskia (lovely) Aurora (a bit too princessy for my taste, but ok) and Chandelier (???) are from very different name categories. Sassi sounds a bit like saucy...

Floris Says:


In German that would be Sass-kee-uh... So not unlike Swas-tee-kuh.... The a in the first syllable, the ee in the 2nd and the uh in the last sound exactly the same in German.
The only difference in German are the consonants. The vowels sound exactly the same and it also rhymes with swastika...

Seeing as my first language is actually German it just makes me dislike this name even more.

Floris Says:


I personally really dislike this name. But that's simply because it's very much a 90ies name where I live. And because it reminds me of a particularly unpleasant classmate...

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EW314 Says:


LOVE Saskia! If DH didn't have a cousin with the name it'd definitely be on our list.

SimoneKadele Says:


I love this name. It sounds so sassy and full of life. I know a Saskia, and it fits her well. She pronounces it SAUCE-key-uh. I think her parents are Australian. I get the feeling it's more popular there.

Starelli Says:


Like the song (and poet), Saskia Hamilton by Ben Folds.

wavygirl Says:


Love it. Stylish. Saskia, Aurora and Chandelier are great! Sassi is a cool nickname and yea, you could say badass. Doesn't sound like swastika!

JustBrowsing Says:


Another fictional character reference: Saskia from Dance Academy.
I love the name. Truly sad it will not work with my LN.

headintheclouds Says:


Great name! It's stylish, pretty and spunky all in one. I think I did a name game where I named my twin daughters Saskia and Mireille, I think those two names really sound good together.

TaliaCat Says:


Beautiful name

indiefendi2 Says:


Sassy Saskia! I love it 😉

Xenobia Says:


my real name actually IS Saskia and since it's a Dutch name l can only imagine it's hard to pronounce for foreigners. Unless you've heard the name before. The first 'a' is actually short as in ' ah l knew that' and the 'ia' is the sound a donkey makes. Haha, yes l know how the explanation sounds! Btw, l was always teased with a donkey-sound when l was younger. Not funny, though but it IS the perfect way to explain the pronounciation of the name.

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DearestJules Says:


I've never met anybody with the name before. I just assumed.

mckaylalove Says:


Maybe it depends on the accent. I'm Australian and I know someone named Saskia and we all pronounce her name like that.

DearestJules Says:


Oops, my apologies. I thought this name was pronounced like saas-key-ah, not sass-key-ah.

mckaylalove Says:


Swaas-tee-ka sounds like sass-key-ah?

DearestJules Says:


Kind of sounds like "swastika".